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Everything that happens to you or your company is a win.

A new client; win. A raise; win. A big sale; win. Find a penny on the street; win. A perceived setback that ends up being beneficial; win.

Each win, big or small, needs to be celebrated. Whether your company just had an IPO or you achieved a milestone in your personal life that only you know about, celebrate.

There are so few opportunities in life to celebrate success, so start making it a habit. In the long run, you don’t want to look back and rue the chance to enjoy the wins, all of them.

Summer 2017 Venture Incubation Program
Applications Now Open

Applications are now live for the Summer 2017 Venture Incubation Program!

Click here to learn about the Summer 2017 VIP and access the application.

The Summer VIP is different than during the school year (read: more intense, more fun) so make sure to read through. And if your Team Lead is graduating this May, have no fear --- your team is still eligible for the Summer VIP.

VIP applications for first-time VIP teams are due Monday, April 24th. It's a quick application and saves your work as you go, so we recommend getting started on it right now. Read more about VIP offerings here.

How to Build an AR/VR Company
Thurs, April 13 | 6  - 7:30 PM

Join TimeLooper and several other AR/VR companies as they tell us about their companies and how you can start building AR/VR products. 

VIP teams, Harvard students only, and Harvard affiliates only. Harvard IDs will be required.

President's Innovation Challenge Award Ceremony
Tues, May 9 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM

At the President’s Innovation Challenge Award Ceremony, President Drew Faust will be awarding a prize pool of $300,000 to winners in the following tracks: Social Impact or Cultural Enterprise, Health or Life Sciences, and Open (any industry). There will also be a $10,000 Crowd Favorite Award, so come and let your voice be heard.

Community-Building for Entrepreneurs
Thurs, April 13 | 6  - 7:30 PM

In this workshop, Foossa co-founders (and Harvard alumni) David Colby Reed and Lee-Sean Huang will share their experience and tools from their community-centered design and strategy practice.

VIP teams, Harvard students only, and Harvard affiliates only. Harvard IDs will be required.

Hacklab: Intro to Git and Front-end Coding
Sat, April 8 | 10 AM  - 4 PM

After you hire a developer, they typically hand over their work to you with GitHub… But what is GitHub?  How do you use it?  How do I see my code? Learn this and all about git and github in this weekend workshop.

Good Reads

We have another great Harvard Innovation Labs Stories podcast to share. This one features Chase Davis, co-founder and president of The Wolfe, a President's Innovation Challenge finalist and the maker of an external GPU for Macs. You can listen to this podcast with Chase here.

VC Bryce Roberts digs into outcomes: "If Scale Isn’t The Goal, Then What Is?" He also wrote another great piece a while back on ambition: "You Don’t Need a Master Plan — You Just Need to Start."

And here is something interesting from the keynote of the O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference in New York this week: "Computers are easy, people are hard."

Office Hours with Industry Experts

Any Harvard student can sign up for office hours with industry experts, anytime throughout the term.

Also, you can always meet with staff experts at the i-lab.

4/10 – Bobby Riley, Chuck Davis
4/11 – Satish Tadikonda
4/12 – Jim Sharpe, Tony Wagner
4/13 – Dennis Berman, Joanne Weiss
4/17 – Sam Clemens
4/18 – Duke Rohlen
4/19 – Jules Pieri, Michael Skok, Russ Wilcox, Steve Bonner
4/20 – Rob Go
4/21 – Ajay Agarwal, Rudina Seseri


4/12 – Bain Capital Ventures
4/18 – Jennifer Jordan, Freddie Martignetti

Legal Partners:

4/10 – Greenberg Traurig
4/12 – Gunderson Dettmer
4/19 – WilmerHale
4/20 – Goodwin, Transactional Law Clinic

Visiting Practitioners:

4/7 – Brent Segal
4/11 – Omri Baumer
4/20 – Vijay Govindarajan

Trainings for the AR/VR Studio

Sign up for our daily AR/VR workshops:

  1. Monday - General Intro Session
  2. Tuesday -  Unity Workshop
  3. Wednesday - 3-D Modelling
  4. Thursday - Augmented Reality
  5. Friday - Cameras, Storyboarding, and Production

We're Hiring

This is an extraordinary time in the history of the Harvard Innovation Labs... because we're hiring for three major positions PLUS two student positions.

We encourage you to share these links with your contacts and networks. Opportunities to join the Harvard Innovation Labs staff come only once in a blue moon, so we're looking for some true all-stars to join the team.

Outside Events and Opportunities

Here's a sampling of other events and opportunities around Harvard and Boston:

The Digital Initiative is hosting their Digital Transformation Summit on April 12. You’ll hear from unexpected groupings of industry leaders on urgent topics like the impact of crowds on incumbent firms, how high-resolution imagery is changing business and government, people analytics, and more. The Summit also features a keynote from Microsoft’s Chief Experience Officer Julie Larson-Green. Learn more and register today

On April 13, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will speak at HBS' Spangler Auditorium at 3:30pm on the Emergence of Chicago's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. This promises to be a must-attend event. 

The Harvard China Forum, on April 21-23, is North America's leading conference on China, attracting over 80 distinguished speakers and over 800 attendees each year. In addition, the conference will feature a Pitch Competition, which will include a lineup of top VC judges in the field of US-China cross border investments.

HBS New Venture Competition Finale April 25, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, HBS - Burden Auditorium. Come join us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the HBS New Venture Competition (NVC)! We invite students, faculty, staff, and the broader community to experience HBS's flagship entrepreneurial event. To mark this milestone year, the NVC prize amount has been increased to over $300,000 across three separate tracks (student business, student social enterprise, and alumni): $75K for the grand, $25K for runner-up, and $5K for crowd favorite... that's right, YOU get to vote! Sign up now to get your free ticket.

Your career is your greatest venture. Prototype and build it with HBX’s new course, Managing Your Career Development. Join six of Harvard Business School’s most engaging faculty and 59 peers from around the world this spring for the seven-session Managing Your Career Development online course. From design thinking to negotiations, personal branding to navigating transitions, you’ll harness it all as you discuss, debate, and chart your career trajectory in real time in the exhilarating HBX Live virtual classroom. Click here to learn more about the program which begins in May. To learn more about HBX and its other online business programs, click here.

Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care has office hours available. Office hours will be hosted in: TMEC 244. If you are interested in signing up, sign up for ALL Office Hours here.Time slots will be twenty minutes in length and will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Email your questions or suggestions for future guests to:

The MassTech Intern Partnership (MTIP) program provides stipends that support internships for Massachusetts college students and recent graduates at digital technology companies that are starting and scaling-up across Massachusetts. If your company is within the fields of Cybersecurity, Digital Health, Internet of Things (IoT), and Robotics, apply for stipend at, and then post your internship on TechGen to reach the widest audience of students looking for Massachusetts internships.

At the intersection of ideas and partnerships: Harvard’s Ecosystem of Innovation. With compelling data, graphics and case studies, Ecosystem of Innovation reveals the role that Harvard University plays as a partner helping Massachusetts thrive as an engine of entrepreneurship. The site charts the connections that Harvard and its affiliated teaching hospitals have to Massachusetts companies that have received venture capital investments over the past five years. Through the work of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni, Harvard remains a vital part of an innovation ecosystem that is driving new discoveries and fostering economic growth.

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